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Bob Dylan: The Biography von [McDougal, Dennis]
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Praise for "Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times"

""Dennis McDougal is a rare Hollywood reporter: honest, fearless, nobody's fool. This is unvarnished Jack for Jack-lovers and Jack-skeptics but, also, for anyone interested in the state of American culture and celebrity. I always read Mr. McDougal for pointers but worry that he will end up in a tin drum off the coast of New Jersey."" --Patrick McGilligan, author of "Jack's Life and Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light"

Praise for "Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty"

""A great freeway pileup--part biography, part dysfunctional family chronicle, and part institutional and urban history, with generous dollops of scandal and gossip."" --Hendrick Hertzberg, " The New Yorker"

""McDougal has managed to scale the high walls that have long protected the Chandler clan and returned with wicked tales told by angry ex-wives and jealous siblings."" --"The Washington Post"

Praise for "The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA and the Hidden History of Hollywood"

""Real glamour needs a dark side. That is part of the fascination of Dennis McDougal's wonderful book."" --"The Economist"

""Thoroughly reported and engrossing . . . the most noteworthy trait of MCA was how it hid its power."" --"The New York Times Book Review"

""Over the years, I've read hundreds of books on Hollywood and the movie business, and this one is right at the top."" --Michael Blowen, "The Boston Globe"

"Whether you agree or disagree with the author, you will likely never read a book as purely entertaining about Dylan." Tom Waldman, nohoartsdistrict.com"

From Publishers Weekly

The legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan matures from feckless, foolish poseur to calculating, canny poseur in this gleefully acid-etched biography. "New York Times" scribe McDougal "(The Last Mogul)" chronicles Dylan s project of building a character that will sell by transforming himself from a middle-class Jewish boy with nice parents in Minnesota into an ersatz orphaned carnie and hallucinatory folk-rock oracle (and later into a country-western balladeer and born-again Christian). Along the way, he argues, Dylan stole the personas and stylings of other entertainers, and plagiarized tunes, words, and paintings (sometimes copyrighting them as originals). Amid makeovers and appropriations, the truly authentic constants of Dylan s character in this critical portrait are a hard-nosed drive to succeed, self-centered betrayals of intimates, incessant misrepresentations and voracious appetites for booze, drugs, and women. McDougal eschews gushing exegeses of lyrics and other staples of Dylanolatry; while he acknowledges a body of great music and perceptively analyzes its resonance, he s happier tossing jibes. ( A tale told by an idiot-savant on PCP is his review of Dylan s novel Tarantulas.) Few of his revelations are novel, but McDougal presents his caustic indictment with energy and panache. [em](May) [/em]

From Kirkus Reviews

The biographer of Lew Wasserman, Jack Nicholson and Otis Chandler returns with a sometimes-scholarly, sometimes-snarky life of the songwriting and singing legend.

McDougal leaves few doubts about his seriousness in this long account of Robert Zimmerman, who grew up in the small town of Hibbing, Minn. Many pages feature footnotes, some of which are substantial, others adding but a dollop of color. The author s admiration for Dylan s artistic accomplishments is patent in the preface, he compares him with Shakespeare, Twain and Dickens though he does not hesitate to blast Dylan for shoddy performances, weak records, personal coldness (even cruelty), drug and alcohol abuse, and a serial sex life that would make Casanova s grave glow green. McDougal s work is starkly traditional: He begins with family background and marches steadily forward in 4/4 time, showing how this small-town kid went to New York City and eventually owned it to the core. It was Blowin in the Wind, writes the author, that shot him to fame, distancing him from the many other wannabes in Greenwich Village, but Dylan later abandoned protest songs (and, soon, his acoustic guitar) and spent the next decades in a continual reinvention of his music and his persona. But patterns emerged: He eventually wore out even the most indulgent of wives; he abruptly dropped business acquaintances and fellow musicians; he wished always to have the spotlight on him; he borrowed lyrics and images for his paintings; and he remained intensely private, probably realizing that too much exposure would remove the mystery. McDougal offers engaging details about the major records, as well as Dylan s books and films. He even finds some good things to say about Dylan s dreadful performance in Sam Peckinpah s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Richly detailed, though the author places Dylan on a higher shelf in the cultural library than history may permit.

Praise for "Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times"
"Dennis McDougal is a rare Hollywood reporter: honest, fearless, nobody's fool. This is unvarnished Jack for Jack-lovers and Jack-skeptics but, also, for anyone interested in the state of American culture and celebrity. I always read Mr. McDougal for pointers." --Patrick McGilligan, author of "Jack's Life and Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light"

Praise for "Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty"

"A great freeway pileup--part biography, part dysfunctional family chronicle, and part institutional and urban history, with generous dollops of scandal and gossip." --Hendrick Hertzberg, " The New Yorker"

"McDougal has managed to scale the high walls that have long protected the Chandler clan and returned with wicked tales told by angry ex-wives and jealous siblings." --"The Washington Post"

Praise for "The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA and the Hidden History of Hollywood"

"Real glamour needs a dark side. That is part of the fascination of Dennis McDougal's wonderful book." --"The Economist"

"Thoroughly reported and engrossing . . . the most noteworthy trait of MCA was how it hid its power." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Over the years, I've read hundreds of books on Hollywood and the movie business, and this one is right at the top." --Michael Blowen, "The Boston Globe""

Kurzbeschreibung

The ultimate biography of the musical icon.

 

Bob Dylan is a music hero to generations. He’s also an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades ago?

Dylan’s 72, and this final act of his career is more interesting than ever—yet the classic biographies like Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades (first published 1991, updated 2001) and even his own Chronicles: Volume One (published 2005) came too soon to cover this act.

Now this groundbreaking biography digs deep into Bob Dylan lore—including subjects Dylan himself left out of Chronicles: Volume OneDylan: The Biography moves beyond analysis of lyrics or well-worn biographical facts to focus on why this beloved artist’s American odyssey has touched so many souls—and how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way. What happened during the past two decades to transform a heroin addict into one of the most astonishing literary and musical icons in American history?

Through extensive interviews and connections with Dylan’s friends, family, sidemen, and fans, Los Angeles Times journalist Dennis McDougal builds a new understanding of Dylan, as well as the real story behind the myths. Was his romantic life, especially with Sara Dylan, much more complicated than it appears? Was his motorcycle accident a cover for drug rehab? What really happened to Dylan when his career fell apart, and how did he find his way back? To what does he attribute his astonishing success? McDougal’s interviews and meticulous research offer a revealing new understanding of these older questions—and of the new chapter Dylan is writing in his life and career.



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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 540 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wiley; Auflage: 1 (13. Mai 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Abgesehen von vielen Flüchtigkeitsfehlern (falsche Namen, Ereignisse verwechselt etc.) ist das Buch schlampig geschrieben. Es gibt einige besser recherchierte und durchaus auch kritische Biographien. Aber hier scheint es als hätte jemand auch noch mit einem prominenten Namen abkassieren wollen. Eine reine Zeitverschwendung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A deeply insightful, wildly entertaining eye-opener 23. Mai 2014
Von Lee G - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is not the first biography of Bob Dylan but it is quite likely to be the last. Surely we'll see more works focusing narrowly on specific facets of the superstar's life, or, in the grand but dubious tradition of Dylanology, parsing to death his endlessly confounding (and sometimes utterly nonsensical lyrics), but it's hard to imagine any further need to examine the totality of the man's life now that Dennis McDougal's Dylan has entered the canon. Exhaustively researched, much of it from primary sources, Dylan is not a rehash of prior works but a freshly considered, de novo examination of one of the towering figures of American musical culture. And while McDougal certainly adopts a point of view, he clearly is not pushing an agenda for which he cherry-picked evidence but appears to have developed his understandings as he processed the information he unearthed. This "telling it like it is" feel permeates the book and leaves us feeling that McDougal's work is destined to be canonical.

But let me not give the impression that Dylan is a scholarly tome to be slogged through. To the contrary, the book is a fast-paced, ever-fascinating roller-coaster romp not just through a life but through an era. Dylan's musical evolution sometimes reflects, sometime refracts and often leads the evolution of music over the last half century. Iconic figures we grew up with wafted in and out of his life, "out" being especially relevant since he left a horde of discarded friends and acquaintances in the dust of his towering and unapologetic, even gleeful, contempt. That Dylan made full use of celebrity license to be a nasty sonofabitch is only one of the inescapable conclusions to be drawn from this book.

Part of the author's brilliance is in being able to effortless juggle seemingly contradictory ideas, in much the same way that he describes Dylan as doing. McDougal is transparently admiring of Dylan's musical genius even as he demonstrates that some portion of the work derives directly from that of others. (Not outright plagiarism, necessarily, but more towards what Shakespeare meant when he called himself "a borrower of the trifles of others.") Dylan sees no troubling contradiction in sneering at commercial striving while he himself aggressively pursues the accumulation of wealth, with the rationalization that it's okay for a singer-songwriter to sell records, but not Coca-Cola. There's also no reticence about pointing out that, like many geniuses in a variety of fields of human endeavor, Dylan put out a lot of junk along with the gems.

For anyone who might be thinking that you need to be a Dylan fan to enjoy this book, let me tell you, you don't. And if, like I, you've always enjoyed the man's music but couldn't have cared less about his life, this book will change your mind. I can't remember ever using "biography" and "page-turner" in the same sentence but Dylan had me riveted from the first chapter. The only times I paused were when I reached for the headset to re-hear his vintage songs, this time knowing the context in which they were written and recorded. What a revelation.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Same Old Story From Another Point Of View 7. Juni 2014
Von Alias - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having just completed the Kindle version of this book I couldn't help but think throughout my reading that I've heard and read most of this before. If you've ever read other Dylan biographies, Chronicles, interviews or keep up with Dylan on expectingrain.com, etc. then there won't be too many surprises for you coming from McDougal's research and perspective. Sure, he does share a few new detailed tidbits from behind the scenes concerning Dylan's women, friends and family, albums, personal life, management team, money and investments, but for the most part I'd say that about 75% of this book has already been told before. Not too many surprises and Dylan still remains elusive and private even for MdDougal. Now having said that, if you're new to Dylan or don't know much about his life and want to know more then I'd give this book a five-star rating and say that it's a must read, one of the best as far as other Dylan biographies go and there would be no reason to read any other biography of Dylan.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the key to enlightenment 22. Mai 2014
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the true unwrapping of the dylan mystique, as best one can do it. through research and words that fly off the page, mcdougal gives us a real high definition view of what possibly can make bob tick, and the stories and interviews all make it so.
truly a luscious read and one that leaves the reader with a lot more to chew on than ever before...and mcdougal's story telling is just top notch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A New Kind of Dylan Biography 3. August 2014
Von Lawrence J. Epstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Here is a review I wrote of this book for The Best American Poetry Blog:

There are a thousand doors that lead into the House of Dylan. Dennis McDougal has managed to open a new door. Applying a muckraking sensibility to Dylan’s life, McDougal has opened the door of snarky biography. His book is chock full of revealing and sometimes unflattering incidents, gossip, and well-researched facts. There are nuggets of juicy information on every page.

This constantly entertaining approach has, however, some built-in limitations. To focus so exclusively on Dylan’s life means McDougal has to strain out extended discussions of the lyrics and the music. It might be argued that such efforts already exist or that they are unhelpful since so many of Dylan’s best lyrics are private to the point of being inexplicable. McDougal inherently argues that the life is so jam-packed, so quivering with meaning, so curious with its parade of characters, so endlessly fascinating to legions of obsessed fans, that trying to decipher the lyrics is best left to the professors who like Dylan’s poetic looks. Still, some readers will be disappointed. All biographies of Dylan have the same big problem. We know a lot about Dylan, but we also don’t know a lot. Dylan’s life is marked by interiority. No one has access to his thought dreams. No one can unpack all the lies, all the deceptions. It should be noted that McDougal’s book is particularly valuable because he emphasizes Dylan’s many false identities, “borrowing” lines, and misleading stories.

With all the facts, it would have been interesting for McDougal to pause and reflect more. He has a very insightful understanding of Dylan’s audience, and I’d like to have read more of his thoughts about them. He writes in an eye-opening way about Dylan’s mother and her ability to make up stories or invent new lines for Mother Goose rhymes. I wonder to what extent Dylan’s linguistic skills, evident early to his Hibbing friends, were
inherited. And do Dylan’s misdirections to everyone indicate a manipulative personality
or is there another explanation? Allen Ginsberg said of Dylan in 1976, "I don't know him because I don't think there is any him. I don't think he's got a self."

McDougal is a talented journalist, and he includes material not found elsewhere. I’m impressed, for example, at how intelligently he describes the privately-printed memoir of B.J. Rolfzen, Dylan’s influential high school English teacher. But the very inclusion of such interesting material brings up a wider question. What is amazing is that even with the heft of the book, even with McDougal’s impressive research, there are compelling stories that are not included. For example, Rolfzen told me that he used to go to a local cemetery jotting down epitaphs, connecting them together, and reading that list to Dylan’s class. For the effect of this, see “11 Outlined Epitaphs” in the liner notes to The Times They Are A-Changin’. In a way, McDougal’s book makes it abundantly clear that an artist like Dylan ultimately needs a very long multi-volume biography.

The writing, crisp and always readable, is untainted by jargon or unnecessarily dense prose. Still, McDougal does have an odd locution or two. For instance, he refers to Greenwich Village as “Greenwich” which no resident there does; they always call it the Village.

The book, though, is valuable for its unmatched approach to Dylan’s life and his providing an important corrective by focusing so much on Dylan’s later life bringing his story up-to-date and offering an appreciation of Dylan’s many later achievements.

Dylan: The Biography displays a jaw-dropping amount of tales told in admirable prose. The book is very suitable for Dylan fans and those who wonder why so many people keep knocking on one of Dylan’s doors.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen fast-paced, but superficial and snarky 1. November 2014
Von L. Peeples - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book's subtitle (THE Biography) and length -- 500 pages, albeit large print -- suggests that it will be a comprehensive, serious examination of Dylan's life and career, and though it does cover its subject's entire life, it has a superficial, careless feel to it. And though a grudging respect for Dylan's accomplishment eventually comes through, overall I found McDougal's tone, and his whole approach, snarky and cynical. I wanted to know the bad stuff -- the drugs, wanton sex, broken friendships, etc. -- but McDougal presents these episodes with little context or explanation; it's just Bob being "womanizing Bob" or "Amphetamine Bob." A biographer shouldn't be a fawning admirer, and he shouldn't cover up unpleasant facts about his subject, but he should help us understand the complexity of his subject and why the bad stuff happened. Granted, Dylan's so famously enigmatic that getting to know him through a biography seems unlikely, but Dylan: The Biography doesn't even seem to be trying. The book is more distracting than anything else: the seemingly endless allusions to Dylan lyrics (for example, Bob had "been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books" -- this line doesn't come along in a paragraph about Dylan's admiration for Fitzgerald; it's just a winking reference to "Ballad of Thin Man") becomes a stale gimmick pretty quickly, and the use of footnotes to toss in random information also create a sense of distraction in a book that could be offering insight.
But I did keep reading. I have to admit that there's something compelling not just about Dylan but about McDougal's fast-paced, gossipy style. And, even having read several books about Dylan previously, I learned a few things along the way. So it's not a total loss, and it's about as quick a 500-page read as you're going to find, but it's a long way from being a definitive Dylan biography.
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